Richard Cañizares, DMD
Prosthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry
Marlene Rivera, DMD
All Porcelain Crowns
What are All-Ceramic Crowns?
A crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth being restored. All-Ceramic Crowns, as the name implies, do not contain other materials.
When to use All-Ceramic restorations
Teeth are naturally translucent. Porcelain crowns fused to metal make it impossible to have a translucent restoration that mimics the natural teeth. Only All-Ceramic Crowns have such translucency.
All-ceramic crowns or “caps” offer a natural looking solution for a broken tooth, cracked tooth, or teeth that are too badly damaged to be corrected with fillings or veneers. Ceramic crowns can be made white and natural looking. Incorporating bonding with all-ceramic crowns potentially can restore both the strength and beauty of unblemished natural teeth.
What are the disadvantages of All-Ceramic crowns?
All-Ceramic Crowns are not as strong a porcelain fused to metal crowns. All-Ceramic Crowns require bonding to the existing tooth, and a dentist with expertise in this procedure.
No metal dental ceramic porcelains
Ceramic restorations have no metal and are totally made of ceramic glass, sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as Zirconium, Lithium Disilicate and other ceramic materials.
Feldspathic porcelain is the standard, traditional porcelain that is used for crowns. Many cosmetic dentists feel that this is the most beautiful porcelain.
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